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Updated on 04.02.2020

Compact but big enough city for the great things to happen

  • Tampere is the second largest urban area in Finland with a population of 515,000.
  • The number of people living in and around Tampere is 380,000. In the city area, there are close to 240,00 residents.
  • As a business area, Tampere serves the entire Pirkanmaa region, which has 515,000 residents.
  • Tampere’s ideal location in the centre of Finland means that as much as 94,2 per cent of Finland’s population lives within 500 kilometres of the city.

Internationally competitive and cost effective

  • According to statistics, Finland is the third best country for business in Europe*, and
  • has the third best economic environment for business growth**
  • Finland has one of the lowest corporate tax rates globally, and the lowest in the Nordics: 20 per cent.

‘*) European Chamber, Best European countries for business 2019
**)Grant Thornton, Global Dynamism Index 2015)

Access to top talent

Finland is the third easiest country in the world to find skilled employees and ranks #1 in the availability of scientists and engineers (Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2019).

  • Tampere is specifically known as a hub of high technological expertise
  • The  availability of cost competitive and talented hi-tech workforce in Tampere region is very good: there are hundreds of ICT masters graduating every year.
  • Tampere university community consists of over 35,000 students and academic experts and welcomes 5,600 new students every year.

Accelerated return on investment

  • The operating costs for companies are significantly lower in Tampere region compared to Helsinki area
  • Salary costs 31% cheaper than Munich
  • Salary costs 165% cheaper than California

Year after year, Tampere tops the Finnish list of attractive cities as chosen by people and companies

  • Tampere region is the second largest economic region in Finland after capital area.
  • As a business area, Tampere serves the entire Pirkanmaa region, which has 515,000 residents.
  • Around two-thirds of Finland’s economic activity is concentrated within a two-hour drive from Tampere.
  • Together with its surrounding municipalities Tampere creates one of the fastest growing city regions in Finland. The region has grown into the second-largest urban centre in Finland after the capital region. Tampere city center is estimated to attract 40 % more inhabitants and 15,000 new jobs by 2030.
  • According to provincial population forecast, Helsinki, Tampere and Turku regions, are the three large urban districts in Finland that will continue to grow up to 2040.  
  • In popularity polls, Tampere shines out as the most attractive city in Finland. Year after year Tampere is voted by Finns as Finland’s most desirable place to work, live and study in.

“The small and medium sized cities offer a more human scale, they often have lower operating costs and a higher quality of life. Many of the big names in technology are thriving in cities such as Munich, Tampere, Eindhoven and Reading (UK).”
– Douglas Clark, Location Connections as quoted in fDi Magazine

More information

Hussey Oliver Business Tampere 1

Oliver Hussey

Senior business advisor, technology

+358 40 679 4142
Ojala Harri Business Tampere

Harri Ojala

Director, invest in and global operations

040 762 3784
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